Dr. Adam Pershing, a Tucson dentist, will present a lecture concerning oral health and dental issues affecting senior citizens at the Arizona Senior Academy on Thursday (Aug. 3) at 3:30 p.m.
Pershing is a 2003 graduate of Southern Illinois University College of Dental Medicine. He joined the Navy after graduation and completed an Adavanced Education in General Dentistry Residency while serving at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island, South Carolina. Later he served at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan as a dental officer treating enlisted men and women and their families.
He also trained at the Kois Center in Seattle, Washington, gaining more continuing education. He has since qualified as a mentor for that group.
In his ASA talk, Pershing will discuss oral health issues pertaining to seniors such as xerostomia (dry mouth) causes and treatment; periodontal disease and other infections of the oral tissues; bone resorption and some ways to slow or prevent it; and recurrent tooth decay which sometimes increases, rather than decreasing, as we age.
Pershing said he feels dentistry “is the perfect career for me because it combines science, problem solving, workmanship and communication. I have always enjoyed working with my hands and developing relationships with people.”
Written by Kay Curtis, Academy Village Volunteer